Your parents' house in an Arcade Fire video?



Everyone's talking about how the Arcade Fire masterfully captured both the joy and monotony of growing up in suburbia with their third full-length record The Suburbs (our own Seth Sommerfeld agreed with the review we ran a couple weeks back). And the band takes that feeling — putting the listener back in their childhood home, running through the streets of the 'burbs — one step further with "The Wilderness Downtown." It's a short film set to the band's "We Used to Wait" — one that happens to take place in your neighborhood. No, really: You type in the address of your childhood home, and through the magic of the Inter-web, you're back spinning in circles out in front of your house. It's actually really cool: download Google Chrome and see the video for yourself here.

When Google street-viewed my parents' street, it must have been a bright summer day. And as I look at the front of my childhood home through this video, I'm instantly reminded of a joyfully monotonous summer day I walked barefoot on the tar strips mending the cement in the road. I left black footprints all over the house. 

So I guess the Arcade Fire's ploy to make me feel nostalgia worked. (As did Google's ploy to get me into Chrome.)

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